Staff Profile:Dr Ruth Evans

Name:
Dr Ruth Evans
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:
  • Undergraduate Teaching: Culture and Development in Africa, Culture, Identity and Place, Dissertation
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Postgraduate Supervision:

Ruth currently supervises research students in the field of geographies of care, disability and family relationships:

  • Agnes Atim: Participatory healthcare delivery in post conflict transition in northern Uganda
  • Gary Downing: Disabled young people's socio-sexual networks and transitions in the UK.
  • Gudbjörg Ottósdóttir: Care and disability in refugee families in the South-East of England.

Recent PhD graduates:

  • Yaw Adjei-Amoako: Experiences of disability and inclusive development in Ghana: facilitating factors and barriers to participation (2014).
  • Caroline Day: Making the Transition to Adulthood in Zambia: A Comparison of the Experiences of Caregiving and Non-Caregiving Youth (2014)..
  • Phoebe Foy-Phillips: Cultures of young parenting, gendered identities and rurality (2014).
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Key facts:

Ruth's research focuses on gendered and generational inequalities in access to resources, caring relations, and social vulnerabilities experienced by children, youth and families, particularly those affected by bereavement, chronic illness, HIV and disability. She is currently leading a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, Death in the Family in Urban Senegal: bereavement, care and family relations. Find out more about the project here . She is leading a collaborative research project with colleagues at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana on Access to land, food security and the intergenerational transmission of poverty in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana (2012-14), which you can watch a video about here . Recent research has focused on Inheritance, access to resources and family relations in Senegal (2011-12) and Palm Oil, Land Rights and Ecosystems Services in Liberia (2012-13) (reports are available below).

Ruth also completed a study on stigma, gender and generational inequalities in asset inheritance and the intergenerational transmission of poverty in Tanzania and Uganda (with Caroline Day), funded by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (2010-11). Read more about the project here. From 2008-2010, Ruth conducted a qualitative, participatory study of young people's caring responsibilities for their siblings within child- and youth- headed households in Tanzania and Uganda, funded by the RGS-IBG and the University of Reading (2008-10). (See Research Report and articles below).

Recently published articles focus on the effects of parental death on young people and intergenerational care and responsibility in Senegal (Social and Cultural Geography, 2014), sibling caringscapes and life transitions (Geoforum, 2012; Area, 2011), and safeguarding inherited assets and enhancing the resilience of young people living in child- and youth-headed households in Tanzania and Uganda (African Journal of AIDS Research, 2012), care, disability and HIV in Africa (with Agnes Atim, Third World Quarterly, 2011), caring relations in African migrant families in the UK (Population, Space and Place, 2011) and emotional geographies and an ethics of care within families affected by HIV (with Felicity Thomas) (Emotions, Space and Society, 2009).

Her book (co-authored with Prof. Saul Becker, 2009, The Policy Press), Children Caring for Parents with HIV and AIDS: Global Issues and Policy Responses draws on findings from an ESRC study of the experiences of children caring for parents and relatives with HIV in Tanzania and the UK, conducted while Ruth was based at University of Nottingham (2006-2007). For more information about the research, read the news article: Children caring for parents with HIV and AIDS or download the Stakeholder Report (PDF 1652KB) and Executive Summary (PDF 539KB).

Her book (co-authored with Prof. Saul Becker, 2009, The Policy Press), Children Caring for Parents with HIV and AIDS: Global Issues and Policy Responses draws on findings from an ESRC study of the experiences of children caring for parents and relatives with HIV in Tanzania and the UK, conducted while Ruth was based at University of Nottingham (2006-2007). For more information about the research, read the news article: Children caring for parents with HIV and AIDS or download the Stakeholder Report (PDF 1652KB) and Executive Summary (PDF 539KB) .

While based at the University of Hull (2001-2002) and University of Birmingham (2003-2006), Ruth worked on a number of research projects that investigated the social exclusion/ inclusion of children and young people and their participation in policy initiatives in the UK. Ruth's doctoral research at the University of Hull (2002-2004) explored the gendered 'street careers' of young people and the impacts of HIV on children and families in Tanzania.

Previous research in Tanzania explored the gendered 'street careers' of young people and the impacts of HIV and AIDS on children and families. In the UK, Ruth's research has also investigated the social exclusion/ inclusion of children and their participation Gender, Place and Culturein policy initiatives.

Ruth is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal, Gender, Place and Culture

Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers.

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Qualifications:
BA (Nottingham), MA and PhD (Hull).
Ruthe Evans

Contact Details

Email:
r.evans@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7755

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